61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law. 62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments. 63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. –Psalm 119:61-63 (KJV)
The Word of God often speaks in figurative language about daylight and dark. Nighttime is a time when evil deeds are committed and we know this is often the case. The psalmist knew what we know today, and it is that the dark of night is as an attempt to conceal wickedness. Consider how we as followers of Christ are to let the light of Jesus shine in the darkness, yet we also walk in the openness of the light. We make no effort to hide our deeds in darkness, for the reverse is our desire – that we let our light shine before men that they may see our good works and glory our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
As Jesus’ disciples, we live openly as witnesses among the world. The lost among us, those without Christ, need to see the light in us and from this light we bear witness to Christ who indwells us.
The psalmist stated that if he did anything in the night other than sleep, it would be to rise and give thanks to God. We have a picture of one so devoted to God that sleeplessness results in prayer and meditation. Let us not forget that God is ever looking upon us. God knows our thoughts as well as our deeds. Therefore, let us strive to live lives of holiness as we daily walk in the light of Jesus Christ.